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London, Day 3

I seem to have miraculously revived from yesterday’s book-buying spree, and a new onslaught on London’s markets begins afresh today. I have a long post about Day 2, which I’ll work on tonight. But for today, here’s what’s on the schedule: tea and yogurt for breakfast, pronto, then a visit to the Borough Market, lunch, and then some more “sourcing,” before a stop back at the hotel, a light meal, then Billy Elliott at the Victoria Palace Theatre tonight. Knock wood, after the theatre, I’ll have enough energy to get some work done.

Find free entertainment in London

London’s bloody expensive, especially for someone like me who loves to dine in the city’s best restaurants. It’s why I cheerfully spend my time between meals browsing secondhand bookshops, studying portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, or simply walking around neighborhoods to enjoy the sights. I’m always on the lookout for cheap, fun things to do, so I was happy to find this clickable map on Londonist that points me to free entertainment in the city. All the museums are included, naturally, but there are interesting activities I didn’t know about, like free music at the National Theatre, M-F at 5:45 p.m. and talks about financial matters at the London School of Economics. Hey, in these dire times, it might be worth a serious listen.

Weekend roundup

Googling with the Queen. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip tour Google’s London’s office and teachers those young billionaires a thing or two about technology. (The Times Online)

Quantum of Solace. The latest James Bond flick looks like a winner, according to the (London) Times. Opens November 14 in the U.S. Happy birthday to me!

and when Bond goes wrong. Nigel Kendall discusses Agent 007s forgettable moments. (The Times Online)

Spamalot to close on Broadway in early 2009. After 1,500+ performances … not bad. (Playbill)

British Library acquires poet Hughes’ library. Not sure why the BBC has this news filed under “entertainment,” but I suppose poetry does entertain.

Gordon Ramsay: Hotelier. The foul-mouthed chef has rooms to let … and they sound nice. (Guardian)

Read this or I’ll smack you in the face. Just kidding.

Actor Simon Pegg, who plays the lead in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (based on a brilliantly funny memoir by Toby Young which, sad to report, doesn’t seem to have translated well into film according to critics), answers ten questions for Time Magazine readers, one of which is “What’s the difference between American and British humor?”

This smart aleck American’s answer would be: read the book, then watch the movie.

Cadbury devotees can relax

I read in the past day or so that Cadbury was recalling its chocolate bars after fears they were tainted with melamine. However, only Cadbury products produced in China are affected by the recall, and they’re being pulled from stores in Asia and Australia. No melamine has been found in any chocolates or products produced in the U.K. or U.S.

Of course it’s terrible that, yet again, the Chinese are under a microscope for another food safety violation. But those of us who adore Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars — the real ones made in the UK, not in Hershey, PA — can continue to savor them without worry.